NHL Playoff Predictions: Penguins vs Senators Game 5
Penguins @ Senators NHL Playoffs Game 4 Review
Avoiding certain disaster, Pittsburgh held off a late Ottawa charge to even the Eastern Conference Final series at two wins apiece. The Penguins played with a level of desperation and it showed as the Steel City Crew jumped out to a 3-0 lead halfway through the second period. Outshooting the Senators by a 28-16 count – the visitors dictated the play for most of the first forty minutes.
Showing their resilience, Ottawa closed the gap to 3-1 on a Clarke MacArthur goal with under two minutes left in the second period. The Senators outshot the Penguins 10-7 in the final frame and Tom Pyatt added a goal with five minutes left in the game but that was as close as they would get to the Pens. Craig Anderson stopped 32 of 35 shots while Matt Murray blocked 24 of 26 pucks.
2017 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Final TV Schedule & Results
Pittsburgh Penguins (Metropolitan Division #2 Seed) vs Ottawa Senators (Atlantic Division #2 Seed)
- Saturday, May 13, 7:00 PM ET: Senators @ Penguins - Ottawa 2-1 (OT) Final
- Monday, May 15, 8:00 PM ET: Senators @ Penguins - Pittsburgh 1-0 Final
- Wednesday, May 17, 8:00 PM ET: Penguins @ Senators - Ottawa 5-1 Final
- Friday, May 19, 8:00 PM ET: Penguins @ Senators - Pittsburgh 3-2 Final
- Sunday, May 21, 3:00 PM ET: Senators @ Penguins Pittsburgh 7-0 Final
- Tuesday, May 23, 8:00 PM ET: Penguins @ Senators - Ottawa 2-1 Final
- Thursday, May 25, 8:00 PM ET: Senators @ Penguins - Pittsburgh 3-2 (2OT) Final
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins Game 5 Preview and Prediction
Shaking things up, after Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on nine shoots in Game 4, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan rolled the dice and promoted Matt Murray to the starter role. Being as either netminder could start on just about any team in the NHL, the move wasn’t all that bold but Fleury can’t be happy about riding the pine. Murray has now stopped 43 of the 46 shots he has faced over five periods of play. Sidney Crosby led the Game 4 charge with a goal and an assist.
Looking tentative, much like the Nashville Predators were during their Game 4 Western Conference Final match vs the Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa was outshot 14-9 and 14-7 during the first two periods. Despite allowing three goals, Craig Anderson held Ottawa in the game as he was under siege for most of the match. The Senators playoff chances are being hampered by absolute futility on the power play that is 0-25 dating back to Game 1 during their series versus the New York Rangers.100 Units Penguins Win by Two Goals (+480) William Hill
Aiming to get on a winning path, we predicted Game 5 would end as a two-goal game and that looked solid until the Sens scored with 5:01 left in the match. We still had a chance when Ottawa pulled their goaltender but a Penguins penalty allowed the Senators to control the play with a 6 on 4 attack during the final minute. Not wanting to lose our 200-unit investment, after the Senators made it 3-2, we jumped on the “no sixth goal” LIVE betting line and that returned 347 units. Still down -473 units on this series, we are looking to erase that deficit with a 100-unit wager on the Pittsburgh Penguins by 2 Goals (+480) winning margin line posted at the William Hill sportsbook.
2017 Odds To Win The Stanley Cup Futures Betting Update
Being listed as the fourth Stanley Cup favorite with (+275) odds, after their Game 3 East Final loss, didn’t last long as Pittsburgh jumped back into the top chalk spot. The Penguins are now sporting a playoff low (+140) NHL Championship futures line. The Senators occupation of the top favorite position was also brief as Ottawa is back in their familiar longshot role with a (+500) Cup price.
Without their top two centerman, including leading scorer Ryan Johansen, the Predators rolled into Anaheim and posted a 3-1 win over the Ducks last night. Nashville can advance to the Cup Final series with a win in Music City on Monday and the Preds odds dropped from (+300) to (+175) with their Game 5 win. Facing elimination, Anaheim is now tied with Ottawa as Stanley Cup underdogs.
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